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Hydroponics was the growing of plants in a medium other than soil, such as a nutrient-rich liquid.

Enterprise NX-01 maintained a hydroponic greenhouse to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for the crew's mess hall. (ENT: "Breaking the Ice") The Y-class cargo freighter ECS Fortunate also maintained a hydroponics section. (ENT: "Fortunate Son")

Some Federation starships had laboratories devoted to hydroponics. The USS Enterprise-D had a hydroponics laboratory, which was to be visited by the winners of the primary school science fair in 2368. (TNG: "Disaster") The USS Enterprise-E had a hydroponics laboratory on Deck 11. (Star Trek: First Contact) Deep Space 9 also had a hydroponic garden. (DS9: "Blaze of Glory")

In 2370, Rigel IV hosted a conference on hydroponics. (DS9: "The Wire")

The USS Voyager did not have a hydroponics lab, but the variable environmental controls in cargo bay two could support hydroponics equipment. Shortly after Kes joined the crew in 2371, she volunteered to establish a hydroponics bay in cargo bay two in order to provide fresh fruits and vegetables. She used nitrogenated soil instead of an alternative for Voyager's hydroponics lab. (VOY: "Parallax")

Shortly after hydroponics bay was established aboard Voyager, Neelix used some of the vegetables grown there for preparing food for the crew in the mess hall. (VOY: "Phage")

Among the many things Kes planted in her hydroponics garden was bantan. (VOY: "The Cloud")

In 2375, Dukat and his Cult of the Pah-wraiths turned some of the lower levels of Empok Nor into hydroponic bays in order to grow food, as they could not activate the replicators. (DS9: "Covenant")

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